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  • This N.J. Teen Fought Heroin. His Doctors Knew. His Parents Didn't. [VIDEO]

    Posted 2/17/2016 by Angelo M. Valente

    The story of a young man who tragically succumbed to a heroin addiction has become all too common in New Jersey. In the story below, Justin Wolfe’s parents talk about their ignorance of his addiction. Parents must be given vital medical information about their children. When a child is given a prescription for a potentially addictive medicine, parents need to be aware so they can look for the signs and symptoms of abuse - and get the lifesaving treatment that child needs. The Wolfe’s are an example of a NJ family that turned their loss into a national and statewide effort to help others. Please read their compelling story.

  • Factors Predicting the Transition from Prescription Opioids to Heroin

    Posted 2/10/2016 by Angelo M. Valente

    The following study examines the movement from prescription drugs to heroin.

  • PDFNJ Ex. Dir Angelo M. Valente Testifies Before NJ Senate Committee About NJ’s Opioid Abuse Epidemic

    Posted 2/3/2016 by Angelo M. Valente

    I had the opportunity today to speak to the New Jersey Senate Health Committee as they examined the current status of the prescription drug and Heroin Epidemic in New Jersey. NJTV was one of several NJ new organization to cover the hearing.

  • Heroin Epidemic Knows No Boundaries

    Posted 1/27/2016 by Angelo M. Valente

    We have always understood that addiction knows no boundaries, and that knowledge and education are the keys to prevention. Everyone, no matter what your zip code, needs to be informed and engaged on the issues of substance abuse. A New Jersey bill that would have required doctors to inform patients of the addictive qualities of the opiates they are prescribing received almost unanimous support from the full NJ Senate, but was never heard in the Assembly Health Committee. As a result, the bill was never voted upon before last year’s session ended. This type of educational initiative is crucial to ending this epidemic.

  • PDFNJ Ex. Dir Angelo M. Valente Speaks to Comcast Newsmakers about the Epidemic of Rx and Heroin Abuse in the Garden State

    Posted 1/20/2016 by Angelo M. Valente

    PDFNJ is featured by Comcast Newsmakers for its effort to educate the public and the medical community on the epidemic of Rx and Heroin abuse in the Garden State. Please share this blog with your friends and family.

  • Dangerous Heroin Pills Could Have ‘severe consequences,’ Expert Says

    Posted 1/7/2016 by Angelo M. Valente

    We thought the PDFNJ blog subscribers would be interested in this recent story on NJ1015.com about a new form of heroin in pill form that is reaching the streets of New Jersey.

  • Happy New Year!

    Posted 12/30/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    In lieu of this week’s blog, PDFNJ would like to wish all of our subscribers and their families a happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous new year!

  • Welcome to Herointown, New Jersey's 4th-largest city

    Posted 12/16/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    As all of our PDFNJ blog readers know, the heroin epidemic is by far the #1 public health and safety issue facing families in New Jersey and the country today. The Star Ledger published a very comprehensive look at how heroin is impacting our neighbors and friends. Please take some time to read this comprehensive coverage and share it with as many friends and family as possible.

  • What does Twitter reveal about N.J.'s battle with heroin?

    Posted 12/9/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    A national research company recently examined how social media was impacting the public perception of heroin. The following article from NJ.com details specific New Jersey tweets and evaluates how NJ residents identify and define this epidemic as compared to the rest of the country.

  • Give Parents the Information Needed to Prevent Opiate Addiction

    Posted 12/2/2015 by Angelo M. Valente

    Below is an editorial by Steve and Elaine Pozycki. They are Board members of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey with Elaine serving as Co-Chair. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ NJ now has the 6th highest youth overdose rate in the nation. While addiction to opiate-based prescription pain killers and their illegal street cousin heroin is spreading in all demographic and age groups, teenagers are at particular risk. High school students who use prescription opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin and other pain relievers are 33 percent more likely to abuse the drug by the age of 23, according to a recent University of Michigan Study.

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